Code of Conduct for Police Officers

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This Code sets out the principles which guide police officers’ conduct. It does not seek to restrict officers’ discretion: rather, it aims to define the parameters of conduct within which that discretion should be exercised. However, it is important to note that any breach of the principles in this Code may result in action being taken by the organisation, which, in serious cases, could involve dismissal.

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If I am arrested by the police, what are my rights?

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A police officer should also advise you, as a suspect of a crime, that your right to legal advice can be exercised at any time during the period of arrest, which is also sometimes referred to as ‘detention’. The police should provide you with a written notice of your rights while attending a police station and advise you of tyour right to provided with a copy of the custody record upon release from detention.

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PCSOs: Designated police powers

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Section 38 of the Police Reform Act 2002 (“Act”) enables chief officers of police to designate any person who is employed by the police authority and is under the direction and control of that chief officer as a ‘community support officer’. The term ‘community support officer’ is widely used to describe a variety of staff from differing agencies fulfilling a community safety function.

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Police discipline: The new Code of Ethics and the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012

On 15 July 2014 College of Policing issued Code of Ethics

A new Code setting out policing principles and standards of professional behaviour for members of the policing profession raises questions around how incidents of minor misconduct will be dealt with. Its purpose is said to be to bring the policing profession in line with other professions with such a code and to define expectations for members of the profession.

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